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Frédérique Six is Associate Professor of Public Governance at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the VU Amsterdam. Her research interest lies in resilient public governance challenges in general and more specifically the contingent relationship between trust and control. The focus is on the relation between control- and trust-oriented policies and practices; trust and regulatory enforcement; trust in and within regulatory regimes; and trust in, within and between (public) organisations. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative (comparative) research methods.

She is currently actively involved in the H2020-SC6-GOVERNANCE-01-2019: Trust in Governance and Regulation in Europe consortium (TiGRE, 2020-2023), grant agreement nr 870722

She has a long-standing and fruitful collaboration with the University of Antwerp and is a visiting professor in the University of Antwerp’s Centre of Excellence Trust and distrust in multi-level governance (GOVTRUST). As self-employed academic entrepreneur she also translates academic insights to practice regarding public governance and organization issues (www.frederiquesix.nl).


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personal website in Dutch for practitioners: www.frederiquesix.nl  

professional website in English for academics: www.frederiquesix.eu  


MSc courses on public management and good governance; master theses (public administration, business and management; organization science)

BSc courses on decision making theory, change management and public management;practicing academic writing and research techniques; tutor; internships.

Postgraduate education: trust-based governance; internal and external supervision; public controllers programme (het Zijlstra Center), leergang Bestuurders en toezichthouders (het Zijlstra Center).

Many master classes and workshops to groups of practitioners (for permanent education), e.g. Dutch Tax Office, Inspectorate of Human Environment and Transport, Health Inspectorate, non-executive directors Rabobank, CCV, City of Amsterdam, Dutch association of school governors (VTOI), public sector division of NBA-VRC (controllers and accountants)

Bildung Academy Amsterdam: trust and regulation.

Ancillary activities

  • Universiteit Antwerpen | Antwerpen | Gastprofessor | 2019-10-01 - present
  • United World College Maastricht | Onbekend | Bestuurder | 2021-11-23 - 2027-11-23
  • Rijksvastgoedberaad | Den Haag | extern lid | 2022-05-01 - present

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Ancillary activities

Member of the strategic advisory board of NVWA (The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) (2015 – )

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Academic qualification

Management, PhD, Trust and trouble, building interpersonal trust within organizations, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdan

Award Date: 24 Jun 2004

Management (MBA), Master, MBA (1988), INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. , INSEAD

Award Date: 19 Dec 1988

Environmental Engineering, Master, Wageningen University

Award Date: 25 Mar 1987

User created Keywords

  • Trust
  • Control
  • Public governance
  • Regulation


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